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Kray Family History

Kray Name Meaning

German: nickname for someone thought to resemble a crow in some way, from Middle High German kra, krei(g)e ‘crow’. German: habitational name from a place called Kray, near Essen.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Krey, Ray, Kram, Kral, Kay, Okray, Krans, Pray, Way, Krag

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Where is the Kray family from?

You can see how Kray families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kray family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kray families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 25 Kray families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 28% of all the recorded Kray's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kray families in 1880.
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What did your Kray ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kray. 30% of Kray men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Kray women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kray were Janitor and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Janitor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
  • Housework
  • Farmer
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Kray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kray census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 892 immigration records available for the last name Kray. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Kray. For the veterans among your Kray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kray lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Kray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kray in 1948 was 47, and 89 in 2004.

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